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Old 06-14-2016, 04:02 AM   #1
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Dinghy Recommendations

Our trusty dinghy of 12 years has finally died and we need to buy a new one. I'm looking for recommendations from other users as to what their experience has been and what they recommend. My requirements are as follows:

* Needs to be flat towed (w/Blue OX tow bar)
* Automatic Transmission
* Looking for years 2014, 2015 or 2016
* 4 or 6 cylinder only
* 4 door
* Would consider purchase from current dinghy owners setup for towing.
* I'm located in FL

Any recommendations or information would be helpful.

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Old 06-14-2016, 04:24 AM   #2
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I would suggest the Honda CRV, 2014 or older. The newer CRV's can't be flat towed, they changed the transmission to a CVT transmission. Fairly easy to set up for flat towing, need a switch added for the radio but that is easy to do.

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Old 06-14-2016, 04:26 AM   #3
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x2 for the CR-V. Ours is a 2012 AWD.

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Old 06-14-2016, 05:17 AM   #4
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Jeep JK Wrangler is another great choice.
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Old 06-14-2016, 06:33 AM   #5
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I highly recommend the CR-V.
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Old 06-14-2016, 06:39 AM   #6
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I'm also on the AWD CR-V bandwagon.
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Have an Equinox '15 and love it. Easy to tow, good car.
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Honda Fit. Light, tows great, amazing amount of interior room for a small car (easily hauls our two large dogs when the rear seats are folded down).
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Equinox is excellent, very good car. Easy set up.
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Old 06-14-2016, 11:25 AM   #10
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Question to all the cr-v users with awd, have you driven on the beach and/or other sandy/muddy roads? How did the cr-v do?

I'm considering a cr-v, we really like driving on beaches and I have a little concern of ground clearance and how good the traction is.

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We loved our Jeep Liberty and I don't recall the year they stopped producing. It had 175,000 miles on it, not including towing. It was extremely reliable and only had basic maintenance done other than changing belts and simple things. It was an excellent vehicle for medium to medium high 4-wheeling. It was replaced by the Jeep Cherokee - a beautiful car in and out and almost too beautiful to take off-road. There is also the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

The Chevy Equinox and it's counterpart, GMC Terrain are also great vehicles.

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We towed an '06 Jeep Liberty for 10 years. Just replaced it with a '14 CRV AWD. Both had automatic tranny & have no-fuss set ups for towing 4-down.

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What about the Ford Escape 2008-2012? Equinox is in my sites too but might want something a little lighter. The Equinox needs to be the 6peed correct?

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